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(Updated) AT&T Hacked carrier update for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Joe on May 28, 2013 at 9:15 PM

This is a guide to update the previous release of the hacked carrier update. This update comes with fixes and new features. For details on what was changed and the exact new features, check out the "Change Log" below. As always, please leave feedback in the comments and send screenshots to Joe at twitter.com/joe012594. Thanks and enjoy!

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Please note that these updates are no longer available. For the latest release, please click the link below.

http://www.itweakios.com/apps/blog/show/32900878-public-testing-ios-7-carrier-update-hacks-beta-ios-6-1-x-users-only-

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Here is a visual guide for anyone having difficulties following the written guide.

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iPhone 5 Users:

1. Plug your iPhone 5 into iTunes and backup the device so you won’t lose anything, just in case. ;)

2. Download the hacked carrier update here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1lttuf40sjq90da/ATT_US_14.1_iPhone_V2.ipcc

3. Once downloaded, you'll to go ahead and enable iTunes to accept custom carrier bundles, if it’s not already.

4A. Windows users, you will need to open command prompt and type the following and enter it in:

 

     64 bit: "C:/Program Files (x86)/iTunes/iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt carrier-testing 1

 

     32 bit: "C:/Program Files/iTunes/iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt carrier-testing 1

 

4B. Mac users, you will need to open terminal and type the following and enter it in:

 

     Mac: defaults write com.apple.iTunes carrier-testing -bool true

 

5. After this has successfully been entered in, click on the tab for your iPhone 5 and click “Update” or “Check For Update” while holding down the Alt/Option key for Mac users and the Shift key for Windows users. Navigate to where you downloaded the hacked carrier update file, which will be named “ATT_US_iPhone_14.1.ipcc” then select it and click Open. Now restart your device and enjoy faster speeds. You may need to "Reset Network Settings" in the Settings app if you have any issues with your data connection.

 

If you encounter any problems or wish to revert back just follow the "Revert" guide below.

 

 

iPad Users:

1. Plug your iPad into iTunes and backup the device so you won’t lose anything, just in case. ;)

2. Download the hacked carrier update here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2a4bz60pz9ooc5i/ATT_US_14.1_iPad_V2.ipcc

3. Once downloaded, you'll to go ahead and enable iTunes to accept custom carrier bundles, if it’s not already.

4A. Windows users, you will need to open command prompt and type the following and enter it in:

 

     64 bit: "C:/Program Files (x86)/iTunes/iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt carrier-testing 1

 

     32 bit: "C:/Program Files/iTunes/iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt carrier-testing 1

 

4B. Mac users you will need to open terminal and type the following and enter it in:

 

      Mac: defaults write com.apple.iTunes carrier-testing -bool true

 

5. After this has successfully been entered in, click on the tab for your iPad and click “Update” or “Check For Update” while holding down the Alt/Option key for Mac users and the Shift key for Windows users. Navigate to where you downloaded the hacked carrier update file, which will be named “ATT_US_iPad_14.1.ipcc” then select it and click Open. Now restart your device and enjoy faster speeds. You may need to "Reset Network Settings" in the Settings app if you have any issues with your data connection.

 

If you encounter any problems or wish to revert back just follow the "Revert" guide below.

 

 

Revert Guide:

1. Non-jailbroken users will need to navigate to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings and allow the device to reboot into iTunes then choose the Restore From Backup option in iTunes. That's all.

2. Jailbroken users will need to download the ipcc file below to iFile, change the extesion from .ipcc to .zip, unarchive it in iFile, and navigate to var/mobile/Library/Carrier bundles/iPhone or iPad and paste the original ATT_US.bundle folder in place of the hacked one. Once done, restart your device and you should be back to normal. 

 

iPhone: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hovki1nbesfpjnu/ATT_US_iPhone_14.1.ipcc

iPad: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qgrrdgcycl7tluz/ATT_US_iPad_14.1.ipcc

 

 

Change Log:

This hack fixes the reported issue of unstable HSPA+ speeds as well as reported incompatibility with Mac users trying to use this guide. It also now includes zip files for jailbroken users who wish to revert to stock settings as requested by many users. This hack enables, along with the previous enabled features, HD Voice for all iPhone models running on AT&T so users will now use the UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+ network for HD qaulity calling and free FaceTime over cellular for the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5. This hack also enables Release 7 HSDPA speeds for the iPhone 4S giving it a new maximum theoretical downlink of 21Mbps. Signal improvements from the previous release have not changed and are still present in this release along with unthrottled LTE and HSPA+ as well as auto band selection rather than preferred bands.

 

 

Disclaimer:

This hack does NOT guarantee that you will see any dramatic changes or any change at all as certain areas are simply limited because of population density, natural features that degrade signal, the traffic on a specific tower, and even the amount of spectrum the tower is limited to as not all LTE towers have been upgraded to 10MHz on the downlink for higher bandwidth support. If you feel this hack has not helped you, we have provided a way back to defaults, if you choose to do so. AT&T is also currently in the process of enabling AMR-WB which is the codec that enables HD Voice so you may not recieve HD Voice in every area but is set for public release sometime this year. If you are in an area that does not support HD Voice (AMR-WB) then your iPhone will auto default back to the standard AMR 5 codec which is voice over 2G.

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71 Comments

Reply TheAhbal
5:20 PM on June 20, 2013 
Help after updating my itunes i can no longer apply this ipcc please help
Reply Krypto
11:46 AM on June 18, 2013 
Worked for me, I just got 41.64 Mbps d/l, 9.48 u/l on my AT&T iPhone 5 iOS 7 beta 1.
Reply Iradi8
9:47 PM on June 17, 2013 
Is there going to be an updated ipcc from your end with the carrier update?
Reply Joe
6:09 PM on June 17, 2013 
Iradi8 says...
Does this interfere with the Carrier Settings update from this past weekend regarding emergency alerts? I have not seen the pop-up for the update nor are the settings menus reflecting the changes.


Yes. If you want the update, you'll need to manual remove the hacked update or find a download link to the official ipcc file for the new update and manual update so it overwrites the original hacked files.
Reply Iradi8
11:30 AM on June 17, 2013 
Does this interfere with the Carrier Settings update from this past weekend regarding emergency alerts? I have not seen the pop-up for the update nor are the settings menus reflecting the changes.
Reply lyic
10:20 AM on June 15, 2013 
Joe says...
Actually it does support it. Many Android devices found with this same exact chip (MDM6600 and the MDM6610) have been able to enabled release 7 support through build.prop tweaks which is also the same exact thing we're doing here, only on iOS based devices. Though AnandTech refuses to admit it, even though they did before on their site, the chip supports release 7 capabilities. Here is a graph they compiled proving such.

http://images.anandtech.com/doci/4943/zjWXE.png


Yes, iPhone 4S is HSPA+ , but doesn't support 64QAM (21 Mbps Data rate)
In Qualcomm Gobi Product Specs, MDM6600 Peak Data Rate is 14.4 Mbps.
Although MDM6600 support Release 7 , but MDM6600 only support HSDPA Cat. 10 (14.4 Mbps)

http://www.qualcomm.com/media/documents/files/gobi-product-specs.
pdf
Reply Liberty For ALL!
1:24 PM on June 14, 2013 
FYI, there was an official iPad carrier settings update today to 14.1 for AT&T! I sure wish release notes were provided for these!
Reply Cutty636
10:12 AM on June 14, 2013 
Just wanted to say thanks so much Joe!! I installed the hack on my unlocked iphone5 ios 6.1.2 (jailbroke and on straight talk) and it seems as if the throttling has been completley removed. I used to get throttled to .2mbs when i used more than 100mb of data in a day and once i got throttled it would stay throttled until the next re-up, even if it was the first day of the service cycle! I have now been using 200-300mb a day, and i even streamed WWDC live from apples website which used over a 1GB of data and still have not been throttled. I've done speedtests and can say with good conditions i get close to 7mbs down and around 1.5mbs up, but straight talk doesnt have LTE or anything so i dont expect anything better than these speeds. I also installed the hack on my wifes unlocked iphone4 ios 6.1 (jailbroke and on straight talk also) and can say basically the same as noted with my iphone5 with respect to the fact it is a bit slower due to the A4 chip, but not by much. Thanks again and please keep up the good work regardless of what all the haters say and all the liers trying to portray you as a fraud, I know this works and the carriers and apple are trying to quiet the hype to keep people from knowing about this.
Reply Berat Blakaj
11:03 PM on June 12, 2013 
Joe, any plans for iOS7 tweak for AT&T.
Reply theahbal
2:08 PM on June 11, 2013 
was this disabled in the new release of itunes? I just tried applying it and I get an error saying it cannot be updated and cannot install carrier bundle. can do this via iFile?
Reply Grazingfire
2:04 PM on June 11, 2013 
Has anyone tested this on ios 7 yet??
Reply Chris Slusher
1:25 AM on June 11, 2013 
Thanks Joe

Joe says...
This is the same file just with corrected lines of coding. There was a double post of coding involved they may have caused conflictions for users. This isn't any major update but just a correction update. Still the same release though. I would advise anyone who has used this version before the corrected version to re-follow the guide in order to overwrite the original files installed. No erase or restore necessary. Just follow the guide as if you were on stock settings and the old files will be auto overwritten.
Reply Joe
11:38 PM on June 10, 2013 
Slush23 says...
hey joe I see you put that you updated the file ive had 14.1 v2 on my iphone 5 since you released it should I del it and redo it ? or is the file 14.1 v2 still the same as it always has. thanks chris


This is the same file just with corrected lines of coding. There was a double post of coding involved they may have caused conflictions for users. This isn't any major update but just a correction update. Still the same release though. I would advise anyone who has used this version before the corrected version to re-follow the guide in order to overwrite the original files installed. No erase or restore necessary. Just follow the guide as if you were on stock settings and the old files will be auto overwritten.
Reply Chris Slusher
10:56 PM on June 10, 2013 
hey joe I see you put that you updated the file ive had 14.1 v2 on my iphone 5 since you released it should I del it and redo it ? or is the file 14.1 v2 still the same as it always has. thanks chris
Reply Chris Slusher
12:14 AM on June 10, 2013 
hey joe I see you put that you updated the file ive had 14.1 v2 on my iphone 5 since you released it should I del it and redo it ? or is the file 14.1 v2 still the same as it always has. thanks chris
Reply Joe
11:38 PM on June 9, 2013 
lyic says...
Enables Release 7 HSDPA speeds for the iPhone 4S?
Why?
iPhone 4S baseband (MDM6610) only support HSDPA Cat.10 14.4 Mbps (No 64-QAM)


Actually it does support it. Many Android devices found with this same exact chip (MDM6600 and the MDM6610) have been able to enabled release 7 support through build.prop tweaks which is also the same exact thing we're doing here, only on iOS based devices. Though AnandTech refuses to admit it, even though they did before on their site, the chip supports release 7 capabilities. Here is a graph they compiled proving such.

http://images.anandtech.com/doci/4943/zjWXE.png
Reply Chris Slusher
10:53 PM on June 9, 2013 
hey joe im behind you I know your work has made a differents on my iphone 5 I have hard core evidence !! anyone wanting me to prove it your welcome to my house and will set down and ill show you what a iphone runs with out the hack and with it on. joe I appreciate your honesty I don't know you but your work you did works that's all there is to it ! Apple is about to loose a long time customer over this so all you ppl backing apple up and these carriers for there crooked sh*t ! your not helping apple your hurting them ! what your doing is wrong its our iphones we can do what we want with them if this hack really didn't work you wouldn't be here running your mouths ! so all your doing is make whats true true ! I believe you joe your hack works and if it didn't I would be the first to say it didn't but honesty goes along way and what joe has done works that's all there is to it ! joe let them run there mouth and come here all it shows is there pissed because you let truth out ! the truth hurts !

Joe says...
I updated the files as you were correct on the double posting of the SRLTE dict string. So thank you for bringing that to my attention. Users report much better LTE service. See, I can, in fact, admit where I was wrong or made a mistake, unlike how you people make me out to be. I can clearly see you are just planted AnandTech personnel or one of their dedicated fan boys. Possibly, even Brian (no surprise there). I'm warning you and everyone else out their pulling this crap that I will not standby and take this anymore. I have begun to expose all of you for who you are and that's just the beginning. Slowly, your rep will dwindle because of your wrong doings as new info is released over time eventually leaving you guys with 0% credibility. You thought you could bring me down but your plans failed miserably. Thanks for the exposure though.
Reply Chris Slusher
10:39 PM on June 9, 2013 
hey joe I see you put that you updated the file ive had 14.1 v2 on my iphone 5 since you released it should I del it and redo it ? or is the file 14.1 v2 still the same as it always has. thanks chris
Reply Joe
10:37 PM on June 9, 2013 
Scott says...
I admit that the original file has the one 1 key string for SRLTE, but the one you release has it twice. This is redundant to be in the file 2 times as the same key. And I'm sure other users are not reporting this because the update may not even be replacing the files from your bundle since they are not ssh'ing in to the phones and comparing the MD5 hash and dates to confirm the file was actually replaced. When I run the update over itrunes it does not replace any files. When I applied the files by copying them over it sat at searching for signal, then saw LTE but had not internet. And enabled the 3G switch were the LTE switch in the menu used to be.

Well this is all DEV/NULL at this point since I was did further research (something I should have done in the first place) since the words throttle have nothing to do with the bandwidth.

"This whole article is a complete waist of time. Read this to get a better understanding.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7037/apple-not-throttling-iphones-i



The only thing that may interest me is increasing the reconnect tries since most of the time my phone does not switch back to
LTE after making a phone call on 4G. But this will also affect my battery life. But this guy that claims its throttling Internet removed it completely and will affect users battery life and cause unnecessary traffic on AT&T network eventually slowing down network response for everyone.

Don't believe everything you read in the Internet. But I'm more inclined to believe anandtech since I know if AT&T wants to throttle network then this is done by the network, not the phones.
As for HD voice that he added, this will be available to all soon enough. Why mess with your phone settings and make battery life worse when HD may not even be available in you area yet?
And since he removed the band preference (and I think AT&T only runs on one LTE frequency at this time) now your phone searches more than one band, again affecting battery life."

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/06/06/report-of-apple-throttl

ing-iphone-ipad-speeds-on-att-verizon-sprint-mistaken


I updated the files as you were correct on the double posting of the SRLTE dict string. So thank you for bringing that to my attention. Users report much better LTE service. See, I can, in fact, admit where I was wrong or made a mistake, unlike how you people make me out to be. I can clearly see that you are just planted AnandTech personnel or one of their dedicated fan boys. Possibly, even Brian (no surprise there). I'm warning you and everyone else out their pulling this crap that I will not standby and take this anymore. I have begun to expose all of you for who you are and that's just the beginning. Slowly, your rep will dwindle because of your wrong doings as new info is released over time, eventually leaving you guys with 0% credibility. You thought you could bring me down but your plans failed miserably. Thanks for the exposure, though.
Reply a0mega
8:11 PM on June 8, 2013 
Thanks for the guide and files. Sorry you're getting so much flack over it.
Saw definite speed improvements on my iPhone 5. However, the iPad file didn't work on my 4th gen iPad. After updating it displayed "Searching" for a very long time before finally changing to "No Service".